Do you know about supports which may be available to children with disabilities in your service? Find out more information about the AIM model and how to begin the application process here.
AIM is a child centred model of supports, involving seven levels of progressive support, moving from the universal supports at levels 1-3, to the targeted supports at levels 4-7. These supports are based on the needs of the child and the service provider within the context of the preschool environment. The targeted levels of support are tailored to individual child and service, and accessing these supports do not require a prior diagnosis.
In the event that further additional support may be necessary to meet the needs of a particular child, providers can apply for one or more targeted supports under levels 4 – 7 of the model. This is done through Better Start, and administered on the Early Years Hive. If you require support or information around how to make an application under AIM please contact the office on 056-7752865.
To view the Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Guidelines please see here.
More information on any aspect of the AIM model is available from the website.
AIM Inclusive Play – Find out more about the AIM Inclusive Play packs and how you can use these in your settings here.
AIM Inclusive Play is a set of resources to support inclusive practice
within pre-school settings. These resources, which include equipment,
toys and materials, also support the development of coordination and
audio, visual and tactile skills among all children, and in particular,
children with a disability.
All pre-school rooms delivering the ECCE Programme across more
than 4,000 pre-school settings nationally have received these resources.
AIM Inclusive Play offers the potential to support the implementation
of all levels of AIM.
Many elements of Síolta and Aistear can also be supported by effective
use of these resources.
More broadly, AIM Inclusive Play reinforces an important message –
that children’s play is a vital ingredient of childhood, essential for both
growth and learning and an integral element of high quality